Sara is an Illinois native with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and German Language from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. After graduation, she moved to Alberta, Canada where she worked as a business manager for a busy chiropractic office. Growing up with a family that included many chiropractors, she personally experienced the benefit of care from a young age. However, it wasn't until she witnessed many miraculous patient recoveries while working at the chiropractic office that she was inspired to pursue her own career as a Doctor of Chiropractic. After graduation, she will be returning to Alberta but plans to one day travel abroad and open a clinic in an area under-served by chiropractic care. Outside of school, Sara enjoys reading, baking, skiing and traveling.
Jeremiah grew up in Southern California until his family moved to Olathe, Kan. where he attended high school. He joined the U.S. Marines after high school during which time he served three tours overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Utah. (Go Utes!) He is lucky to be married to his beautiful wife Marcie with whom he loves raising his (so far) 3 awesome kids; Lucy 3, Hyrum 2, and Juliet 6 mos. He was blessed to grow up witnessing firsthand the power of chiropractic and the effect it can have in people's lives. He can't wait to bless others lives through the practice of chiropractic's' powerful principles. He chose Palmer Davenport because, "this is where it all started, and the waters are always clearest closest to the headwaters." When not in class he enjoys playing with the Palmer Dragons hockey team, videogames, but mostly spending quality time with his family.
Kailey grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. After high school, Kailey moved to Bemidji, Minnesota to play Division I women's hockey and attend school. While in Bemidji, it was difficult for Kailey to play both collegiate hockey and golf while pursuing a major in exercise science, but ended up finding her passion for health and fitness and took a role as the assistant strength and conditioning coach her senior year. Being an athlete and working in the health and fitness field facing injuries and rehabilitation constantly, made her passionate about improving the health and quality of life for others. Having a mom as a physiotherapist, Kailey didn't have a lot of familiarity with chiropractic growing up, but recent experiences with it were positive and she felt it matched her goals. Kailey spends her free time with her dog Sota, a 2 year old Siberian husky, going on runs or bike rides, golfing or taking in local sporting events.
"I love how chiropractic promotes preventative care and living and overall healthy, active lifestyle and giving the body a chance to heal itself," says Kailey.
Brooke grew up in Suttons Bay, Mich., with her parents, two older siblings and twin sister. After high school she attended Michigan State University with her twin sister (Go Green!) and completed a degree in Kinesiology. During her undergraduate years, Brooke explored many different options for careers in health care. After shadowing in several different offices and plenty of research she found her love for chiropractic. The holistic, non-invasive model of health is what brought her to chiropractic while the enthusiasm, expertise, and long history associated with the school is what helped her choose Palmer-Davenport. Outside of school, Brooke loves reading, playing video games, and being on the water; kayaking has become a particular love of hers. She also enjoys fencing, a hobby she picked up during her time at MSU, snow shoeing and cross country skiing. After finishing her Doctor of Chiropractic degree Brooke would like to either practice abroad or return to her home in Northern Michigan.
Holly was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. When it came to secondary education she bounced around from music and theater to nursing and finally found a love for the medical field as a Certified Medical Assistant. She found a job with a chiropractic office and discovered her true passion was the holistic, non-invasive care chiropractic could provide. She moved herself, her husband and her 2-year-old daughter to Davenport to pursue her education at Palmer.
Chris was born and raised by his incredible parents in Anchorage, Alaska. He's one of four boys (who had a superwoman of a mom!). He grew up playing hockey, which eventually opened the door for him to play college hockey for Iowa State University. It was there that he received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology along with a minor in Business. Chris always thought he was going to be a traditional civil engineer until his junior year of high school when he realized he actually wanted to be an engineer of the spine! Stepping back and looking at the human body as a whole, he realized that we were not put on this earth just to break down – we were created to express health. Seeing the love and energy in his chiropractor’s office and how his patients’ lives were being transformed through the principle of chiropractic made the choice very easy to attend chiropractic school and at no place other than where it all began, in Davenport, Iowa. In his free time, Chris enjoys golfing, fishing, watching/playing hockey, hanging out with friends and family, and reading up on chiropractic philosophy.
Brad was born and raised in the small town of Marine City, Michigan. During his studies in high school, he became fascinated with the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Never having been exposed to chiropractic, he attended Hillsdale College as a pre-medical student where he went on to receive a B.S. in Psychology with minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish. After being convinced by a family friend to job shadow a chiropractor, Brad was introduced to the ideal healthcare career he had been looking for and never knew existed. From there on, he continues to talk, think, and live chiropractic day in and day out. He takes a keen interest in chiropractic philosophy and its relationship with the allopathic model of healthcare, his former career path. Brad enjoys playing basketball and tennis, and loves passing the time with any activity as long as he is with good friends. After graduation, he plans to return to Michigan to practice and help spread the chiropractic message to others.
Katie was born in California and raised in Chaska, Minn. by two loving parents and an older brother. She attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training. Katie was drawn to the passion that students and staff of Palmer expressed towards chiropractic. She decided to fulfill her dream of becoming a health care provider who helps people reach their fullest God given potential with chiropractic care.
Hilary grew up in the small town of Manitowaning, Ontario, Canada with my parents, sister, brother and dogs. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2013, where she received her bachelor's degree in Science in Health & Disease, with minors in Physiology and Psychology. Although growing up in a health centric family, she will be the first Doctor of Chiropractic in her immediate and extended family. Her grandparents have been very influential in her decision to pursue this career, as they are very active and healthy in their later years thanks to the benefits of chiropractic. Once Hilary completes her degree, she wants to pursue a diplomat in Rehabilitation, preferably through the Palmer Rehabilitation Residency. Hilary is active in various clubs and enjoys cycling along the river, wishing she could take her cat for walks and she enjoys a good game of football or hockey.
It would be a privilege to be able to help people, young and old, live life to its fullest, and through chiropractic I can achieve this. Everyday spent here, I learn something that makes me fall further in love with this profession, and I cannot wait to share that love with the rest of the world, wherever I should go.
Colleen grew up in Naperville, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. She attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated with a degree in History and Religion. After graduation she worked at Disney World and then moved back home to Naperville and spent several years working for the Naperville Public Library. She'd always felt drawn to the health care field but could never decide on a particular field of study. Having had a personal success story with chiropractic she began to do further research and immediately felt she had found a home with chiropractic and applied to attend Palmer. Colleen enjoys reading, crocheting, and sewing. She also is an avid board game collector and player, and is the President of the Palmer Board Game Club.
Jordan grew up in a small town just outside of Buffalo, New York with his parents and four younger sisters. He studied at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Cognition, Logic, and Language. With his father being a practicing chiropractor since 1983 and a former graduate of Palmer, he has been strongly influenced by the chiropractic lifestyle and the benefits that it brings. “I have always known that chiropractic was special, but it wasn't until I came to Palmer that I fully understood the gift that my father had been giving me for my entire life! When I came here I knew it was the place I needed to be.”
Kristin grew up in Monticello, Iowa, with her parents and older brother. After high school she attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before attending Palmer. Starting in high school and continuing through her early college years, Kristin worked as a part time assistant for her hometown chiropractor where she fell in love with chiropractic. Palmer was the right choice from the beginning, and it helped that her uncle graduated from here as well. Outside of school, Kristin enjoys running, swimming, reading and almost anything she can do outside in nice weather. After finishing her Doctor of Chiropractic degree Kristin plans to open her own office in a state that is a little warmer than Iowa year round.
Brett grew up in the small-but-scenic town of Madrid, Iowa. He grew up with chiropractic care being part of his life even from a young age due to being accident-prone. It was in high school that he discovered his passion for chiropractic and decided to pursue it at his undergraduate institution. He attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he was part of the pre-chiropractic biology program. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, he decided to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic. He attended for many reasons, including its prestige, history, thoroughness of the technique courses, and the homey atmosphere of the campus.
Heather grew up in Atoka, Tenn. After high school, Heather attended the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minn., where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. While studying at St. Thomas, she was drawn to the field of chiropractic and was immediately impressed by the enthusiasm, passion and pride that chiropractors demonstrated about their profession. To Heather, a career in chiropractic provides a meaningful opportunity to positively impact the lives of countless people, she looks forward to having the ability to help provide strength, healing and well-being to her future patients! In her spare time, Heather enjoys being outside in the sunshine, playing sports and spending time with her family and friends. She is extremely excited to be at Palmer and is eager to share her Palmer experience with others!
Claire Morrison was born south of Chicago to two wonderful parents, Alice and Dale, along with her younger sister, Heidi. In 2002, her family moved to the waterpark capital of the world, Wisconsin Dells, Wisc. During the summers, Claire began working in the tourism business. One of the greatest jobs she had was being a river tour guide for the Dells Boat tours. Nothing beat being on a boat all day surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs and informing travelers of the interesting history which established the dells. Claire attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls and majored in Animal Science with an emphasis in equine. Unsure about a career after college, she took a year off of school and toured Palmer's Davenport campus during a Prospective Student weekend and felt right at home; and just like that, she started Palmer that spring.
Nicole grew up in the South Hills outside of Pittsburgh, Penn. She attended Penn State Behrend, The Erie College and earned a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. While pursuing her undergraduate education, she was indecisive about her career options, but knew she wanted to work with animals in some way. She chose chiropractic as an alternative source of wellness to animals. She decided Palmer because of its roots in the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and playing with her horse and dogs.
Loni was raised on a dairy farm near Westby, Wisconsin. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with a degree in Organizational Communication, she decided to pack up her car and see where the road might take her. She found herself in Austin, Texas, where she lived for three years managing a retail store, eating the world's best tacos and staying up too late listening to live music around the city. After striking up impromptu conversation about holistic health care with a mutually passionate stranger at a 10K Fun Run event, the fellow runner invited Loni to come job shadow at his chiropractic office. Completely inspired by the doctor, a Palmer graduate, a few weeks later Loni quit her job and came to work at the front desk of that office and never looked back. The invigoration she experienced from inspiring patients to take back control of their own health led her to apply to Palmer College of Chiropractic. Loni is excited to have found her passion and calling, and she looks forward to taking part in spreading knowledge of the benefits of a proactive, healthy lifestyle!
Gabe Padilla was born and raised in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. Growing up he was always interested in the health sciences. It was after high school that his interests in the field of health shifted towards chiropractic. While obtaining his undergraduate degree at the University of Puerto Rico (¡Agua pa'los Gallitos!), he learned of the philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic. After learning the history of this marvelous system, he decided to come to The Fountainhead to begin his education and become the best doctor he can be.
Rachana is a native of Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Prior to pursuing her chiropractic studies at the Davenport, Iowa, campus, Rachana earned her Bachelor of Science at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Rachana’ s dedication and passion for the field enabled her to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Ohio and Texas at skilled nursing facilities. Rachana’s positive approach has enabled her to stay abreast with the latest techniques, courses and technologies offered in the physical therapy field and empowered her to provide the best care for her patients. She continues to be inspired and motivated by the variety of techniques used by chiropractors. She believes that hard work and perseverance will not only take her through graduation, but also allow her to continue working as a health-care professional and provide for optimal care towards her patients. In addition to school work, Rachana is also a member of the International Student Ambassadors and she enjoys cooking, running and staying active.
Katelyn grew up in the small town of Marengo, Ill. She attended Arizona State University as well as Northern Illinois University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science with a focus on Health and Human Sciences. She was originally interested in being a physical therapist, since sports have always been a big part of her life; however, after working in a physical therapy office, she realized that it was no longer her calling. She became interested and fell in love with the world of chiropractic. She is in her third trimester and cannot wait to graduate and begin her professional career as a chiropractor. She values the emphasis placed on overall health and well-being, rather than just treating the presenting symptoms with a drug to cover it up. She states, “I want to educate my future patients on the healing power of the body and be able to provide life-long care to allow the potential for optimal health at any stage in life.” Outside of school, she enjoys running, spending time with her dog, friends and family, baking, and trying new restaurants in the Quad Cities.
Megan was born in the small farming town of Pittsville, Wisc. Growing up in the country, she had a huge passion for horses and anything outdoors. Her love for nature has continued throughout her life with her two favorite hobbies: hiking and snowboarding. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Megan worked as a certified nursing assistant to gain direct patient-care experience while deciding which career path was right for her. Her healthy and active lifestyle ultimately lead Megan to chiropractic, a career in which she can share her passions and educate patients on how to be the best version of themselves. Megan has worked very hard her entire life to get where she is today and to be the best version of herself that she can be. For this reason, Megan knew her chiropractic education had to be from the best chiropractic school. Palmer represents the first, the best and the key to her future.
Logan grew up in Las Vegas, Nev. and is the oldest of five children. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Addictions Treatment from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Initially pursuing a career in addictions research he recently found chiropractic and chose Palmer to help him achieve his new career path. He enjoys the practical application of neuroscience that chiropractic offers.
Jena grew up in Sobieski, Wis. (about 14 miles north of Green Bay-go, pack, go!). After growing up in a small town, Jena knew she wanted to be a part of a big city so she decided to do her undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University (O-H-I-O!). There she earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. While in pursuit of going to medical school, she realized her true passion was in chiropractic care, which had recently made a huge impact in her own personal health. Jena enjoys running, all things Packers or Buckeyes, cooking and completing puzzles.
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Alfie is a native of New England, with a Bachelors in Studio Art and 12 years of construction experience. He had been considering a career in chiropractic for about ten years before making the decision and moving to Davenport, Iowa. To him there was no other choice, Palmer is chiropractic. All of his chiropractors had gone to Palmer and had strongly urged him to attend as well. He was joined in Iowa by his fiancé in January of 2014, and they were married in Maine over the June break. He loves his time at Palmer and really enjoys the academic learning and the extracurricular activities he has been involved in.
Serena was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nev. After high school, she moved to St. George, Utah, to attend Dixie State University. After three years in St. George, she moved back to Las Vegas to attend school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she earned a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Allied Health. With this degree, she desired to pursue a career in physical therapy and joined the Lambda Kappa Delta Pre-Physical Therapy Honor Society. During her time in this organization, she decided that physical therapy may not have been the right path to take. After graduation, she worked in a physical therapy clinic for a year where she realized that physical therapy was not for her and that chiropractic was the right way to go. Serena will be the first Doctor of Chiropractic in her family and hopes to be able to help others like her family chiropractor has helped her family. When she’s not studying Serena loves to go hiking, play her flute, go to the gym and watch movies.
Matthew Waro grew up in Walworth, Wisc. After high school, he attended the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in cellular and molecular biology and a minor in Chemistry. While studying in Stevens Point, Matthew developed a passion for different ethnic groups and indigenous populations. Along with his main coursework, he studied vocal music and medical anthropology.He aspires to help less privileged populations and intends to work in Mali, Africa after graduating from Palmer. Matthew chose chiropractic because it gives him the means to treat patients in a holistic, non-invasive fashion with few tools and supplies. One of Matthew's favorite B.J. Palmer Epigrams is: "We appreciate the power of being useful to mankind.", as it fuel's his ambitions of helping human beings all over the world.
Sara is a Walnut Creek, Calif., native, who graduated from Auburn Univ. (B.S., kinesiology) with academic honors in 2011.When Sara began receiving chiropractic care at the age of 12, she developed an appreciation for chiropractic's unique hands-on approach to health care, and the ability to help patients achieve immediate relief from pain.Sara's part-time position motivated her to accept a full-time position in another chiropractic office, when she graduated from Auburn. Once Sara decided to pursue the chiropractic career path, she says the primary reasons for enrolling at Palmer's West campus include: close proximity to her family in the Bay Area; the Sports Council; and the evidence-based curriculum.
In addition to Campus Guides, Sara is active with a variety of other student clubs and campus organizations, including: Sports Council (for which she serves as an executive officer); the Gonstead, Motion Palpation, and Soft Tissue Clubs; and the West campus chapter of the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA).
Jennifer, a native from San Diego, Calif., attended San Diego State University and earned her B.A. degree in biology. Prior to initiating her chiropractic studies at Palmer's West campus, Jennifer worked as a physical therapy aid at a San Diego-based multidisciplinary clinic, whose health care team included a West alumna. Jennifer was impressed with the ability to treat the 'whole person,' versus just individual 'parts.' Upon completion of the program, Jennifer, plans to return to San Diego and work with her chiropractic mentor, with the goal of ultimately establishing her own practice. In addition to her role as a West campus Guide, Jennifer is active with many other student clubs and organizations, including the Sports Council, SPEAK (Student Patient Education and Knowledge), and Functional Fitness exercise workout group, as well as "hands-on" clubs, including Applied Kinesiology (A.K.), Gonstead, and Soft Tissue.
Kamran Eghtesad is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He completed his Palmer prerequisites at Simon Fraser
University in Burnaby, with focused study in the field of kinesiology (with
emphasis on active health and rehabilitation). Drawn to a career in the health care profession, Kamran
pursued multiple internships during the course of undergraduate studies, with
the hope of discovering a field of care that would ignite his passion, and
place him on a specific career path – which turned out to be chiropractic. Kamran chose to attend Palmer’s West campus because of
“the highly respected Sports Council, the level of education – and to “chase the
California sun!” In addition to Campus Guides, Kamran, who entered the Palmer
program in Fall Quarter 2015, is a member of the Motion Palpation, Extremities,
and Diversified Clubs.
Kamran enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and hiking.
Following graduation, Kamran plans to practice for several years in Dubai, UAE,
before returning to his hometown of Vancouver.
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Anna Marie is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, Can., where she earned her B.Sc. (biological sciences) and graduated with "Distinction" honors from the Univ. of Alberta prior to initiating his chiropractic studies at Palmer's West campus. Working as a chiropractic assistant in her stepfather's clinic allowed Anna Marie to see the results patients achieved through chiropractic care, and ignited a desire to become a chiropractor herself. "Performing initial 'new patient' intakes and re-evaluations allowed me to see the positive benefits of chiropractic on a variety of patients," said Anne Marie, who ranks snowboarding among her favorite recreational pastimes. "Plus, I always felt like chiropractic combined my desire to help people on their path to health and wellness in a natural way," Once Anna Marie decided to pursue a career in chiropractic, she chose to attend Palmer's West campus. "The West campus is part of Palmer College, which provides an educational experience with a great balance of science, philosophy, and the art of chiropractic. Plus, after attending a large university in Canada, the 'family' feeling of a smaller campus also was a major factor. I also look forward to being close to exploring California!" Anna Marie says plans to explore various practice options as she progresses through the West campus program, and plans to sit both the Canadian and U.S. National Board exams before settling down.
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As a member of Canada's Olympic and national triathlon teams, Lauren Groves often dreamed of what it would be like to step onto the medal podium. As she continues her chiropractic studies at Palmer's West campus, Lauren's dreams now focus on the achievement of another goal: stepping onto the graduation stage. Like many other competitive athletes who've made similar transitions, Lauren's decision to pursue the chiropractic career path was inspired by the chiropractic care she enabled her to compete as a world-class athlete, and overcome numerous overuse injuries and bike crashes. "Initially, chiropractic opened my eyes to the natural-healing power of the body," said Lauren, who earned her B.A. (psychology) from Queen's University in Kinston, Ont., Canada. "However, it wasn't long before I realized chiropractic's power as a preventative approach to injuries, and overall health." Lauren credits much of her success as an athlete to the team of chiropractors with whom she's had the privilege to work. "The transition from professional sport to chiropractic was an easy one for me," said Lauren, who enjoys cooking, gardening, running, crafting - and cheering on her hometown hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks. "My experiences with chiropractic left me with a fascination with the human body, so I combined my passion for healthy, active living, and made the decision to embark upon this journey to Palmer's West campus," added Lauren, who in addition to the Campus Guides, is a member of the Sports Council, the SPEAK Club, and the Applied Kinesiology technique club.
Lauren's decision to attend Palmer's California branch campus was inspired by: smaller class sizes; the broad curriculum, along with the clubs and electives; and the opportunity to live in the Bay Area, where she plays to "enjoy all the hiking northern California has to offer!"
Jake Halverson is a native of Ogden, Utah, who entered the
program at Palmer’s West campus in Fall Quarter ‘15. Prior to enrolling at Palmer, Jake earned his B.S. degree (zoology)
with Summa Cum Laude honors from Weber State University (located in his
hometown). Jake’s interest in a chiropractic career was ignited in high
school, when he worked as a medical assistant in the office of Palmer Davenport
alumnus [Name], and developed an appreciation for holistic health. “The human body is an amazing piece of machinery, and we are
healthier beings when we trust our bodies to heal themselves,” said Jake, whose
recreational interests include going to the beach, or going on a hike, and
experiencing wildlife. “It’s my goal to help liberate my patients from the
unnecessary use of drugs and surgeries through chiropractic care. I believe
utilization of chiropractic care will expand as the profession continues to
grow, and more people recognize its utility in achieving and maintaining
optimal health.” Jake said choosing to attend a Palmer campus was an easy
decision. “I knew that Palmer is a good college by the quality of care
provided by Palmer alumni, and because of the number of chiropractors who are
Palmer graduates. I want to learn all I can, so I can become a good doctor,
just like them.”
In addition to Campus Guides, Jake also is active with other
West campus activities, including the Diversified, Extremities, Applied Kinesiology
(A.K.) and Animal Chiropractic Clubs. Additionally, he’s a member of the
Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA), and the student chapter of
the California Chiropractic Association (SCCA).
In addition to his Palmer chiropractic classes, Jake also is
completing coursework with the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and
Rehabilitation, with the goal of ultimately earning his diplomate in
chiropractic neurology (DACNB).
As a member of the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) track team, Daniel Hopper suffered a hamstring injury as a member of the Blue Devils' quarter-mile-relay team. When it became apparent that the injury wasn't healing properly, a friend of Daniel's recommended that he see a chiropractor. And, when he did, that office visit not only put Daniel back on the track - it also sent the quarter-mile runner sprinting onto the chiropractic career path.
Daniel graduated from CCSU with his B.S. degree (Exercise Science & Health Promotion) in 2013, and initiated his chiropractic studies at Palmer's West campus the following year. "I knew I wanted to be in the health care field, but I wasn't sure what direction," said Daniel, a native of New Fairfield, Conn., who was captain of the Blue Devils' track and field team. "When I scheduled my appointment (for the hamstring injury), I didn't really know much about chiropractic. It was a positive experience -- both for helping me recover from my injury, and for opening my eyes to field of chiropractic, and recognizing the type of doctor I wanted to become."
In addition to the Campus Guides, Daniel also is a member of the Sports Council and the Gonstead Club; played in the "Bay Area Classic" basketball game again Life West; and also plays on Palmer's West campus softball team.
When Daniel isn't playing sports or exercising, he enjoys venturing to different destinations along the west coast, or watching movies.
After several years of serving as the athletic trainer for various professional hockey teams, Osama Kassab is ready to score a new goal as a Palmer College doctor of chiropractic. A native of Littleton, Colo., Osama earned his B.A. (human performance and wellness) from Colorado Mesa University and M.S. (health sciences) from Colorado State University. A certified athletic trainer, Osama has worked the past eight years as the trainer for various professional hockey teams, including the Allen Americans of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), and the San Francisco Bulls, a minor-league affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. Additionally, Osama has served as president of TrainerX Sports Performance in San Jose, which specializes in developing customized therapy, nutrition and conditioning programs tailored to suit the athlete's personal performance or therapy needs.
Osama has always had an interest in the "sports medicine" field, but the more time he spent with sports-medicine teams that included a chiropractor, the more interested he became in this field of health care, and the more motivated he came to pursue the chiropractic career path.
"Many of the chiropractors that I've met during my years as an athletic trainer are Palmer graduates, and that factored prominently in my decision to attend Palmer's West campus," said Osama.
"I look forward to learning a new set of clinical skills, so I am able to expand my scope of care, and reach a broader and more diverse group of patients."
A member of the Sports Council at Palmer's West campus, as well as the Soft Tissue, Extremities and Motion Palpation clubs, Osama enjoys golf, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Michael suffered a severe injury while playing high-school football in his hometown of Stockbridge, Wisc. After seeing several medical professionals, Michael was told it would be at least a month before he could return to the field. Then Michael sought the care of a local chiropractor - and returned to action within the week. As Michael completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (from which he graduated with a major in biology, and a minor in chemistry), he began to narrow the focus of his career path - and found himself heading toward the chiropractic profession.
"After more research, and continued treatment, I came to the conclusion that manual therapy is one amazing tool," said Michael, an avid fitness enthusiast, who is very involved with athletics, and weight-training. Once Michael decided to pursue the chiropractic career-path, he began to the process of deciding which chiropractic college to attend. In the course of the process, one campus stood out.
"Palmer's West campus, on the contrary, gave me a clear impression of their intentions: to provide me with the information and ability necessary to become a successful doctor - while letting me find my own 'niche' within the profession."
Michael says the Sports Council program is another major reason he chose to attend Palmer's West campus. In addition to the Campus Guides, he participates in a variety of other clubs, and has participated in inter-quarter basketball, football and volleyball tournaments
Vivian Ly considers the greater southern California region
as her “home,” as she grew up in San Diego, and attended undergraduate college
in Orange County (where she attended the University of California at Irvine,
and earned her B.S. in biological sciences). When Vivian graduated from UC-Irvine, she knew health care
was her calling – the challenge was deciding which of the many career-pathways
to follow. She started her profession-decision process by working in
the office of a medical doctor – an experience which ultimately redirected her
career path toward the chiropractic profession. “In the medical office, I quickly recognized that I wouldn’t
be able to help patients as much as I wanted,” said Vivian, a rock-climbing enthusiast
whose recreational interests also include outdoor activities, such as hiking,
backpacking, and camping.“I was inspired to pursue the chiropractic path came after I
broke my ankle rock-climbing, and completed my rehab in an integrated physical
therapy and chiropractic office. I liked the chiropractic approach: addressing
the problem, instead of merely putting a ‘Band-Aid’ on the problem.” Once Vivian decided to embark upon a chiropractic career,
she chose to attend Palmer’s West campus (beginning Winter Quarter 2015)
because of “the professors at Palmer who write the textbooks used by the
chiropractic colleges; Palmer’s connection to the growing field of ‘corporate
chiropractic’; the Sports Council; and the curriculum’s balance between
philosophy and science.”
In addition to Campus Guides, Vivian participates
in a variety of other activities, including the Rock Climbing, Motion
Palpation, and R2P Clubs, and she plans to explore practice opportunities in
the field of integrative medicine.
Andrea grew up in Riverside, Calif., and earned her B.S. (biological studies) from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, prior to making the move to the northern part of the Golden State to pursue her chiropractic studies at Palmer's West campus in San Jose. Given that health care was her passion, Andrew knew this would ultimately become her profession. And, the more she explored health career options, the more Andrea found herself following a career path into the chiropractic profession - and heading in the direction of Palmer's West campus, which she selected for "the small class sizes, supportive family feel, and the outstanding students and faculty." In addition to the Campus Guides, Andrea also is active with a wide range of West campus extracurricular endeavors, including the Gonstead and Soft Tissue clubs, the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation, the Sports Council, and for some recreational release, the Volleyball club. "Chiropractic is everything I have ever wanted in a career -- and more!" says Andrea, who also enjoys baking, traveling, running, yoga, and cycling. "A career in the chiropractic profession not only allows you to interact with people on a daily basis, and help them to achieve an optimal level of health, but you also have the opportunity to spread the word about this amazing healing technique that works naturally with the body."
Jessika is a Jackson, Ala., native, who earned her B.S. (medical sciences) from the Univ. of South Alabama in 2014. Jessika's interest in chiropractic was sparked while conducting orthopedic research that examined the effect of platelet rich plasma on improving the healing time of knee injuries - during which she noticed a correlation between the patients who received chiropractic care and the expediency of their healing time. Once she made the decision to enter the chiropractic profession, she decided to attend Palmer's West campus because of the diversity of the curriculum, the sports emphasis, and the friendly campus.
"I look forward to providing care in an underserved area, where I can introduce people to the positive effects of chiropractic care," says Jessika, an avid exercise enthusiast, who also enjoys fishing, and watching college football - especially the Auburn Tigers!
With a degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University, Gun Poespowidjojo was part of the first "tech boom" in the Silicon Valley in the early 2000's. When the "boom" began to fizzle, so did Gun's interest in computer engineering. So, he redirected his career path from "hi-tech" to "high touch," and became a certified personal trainer, where he could help people lose weight, gain strength, and improve sports performance and overall wellness. Like what many in the business world often encounter, in his new role as a personal trainer, Gun felt there was a "glass ceiling" impeding his ability to help his clients reach their full potential.
"In particular, I felt limited in the areas of injury rehab and posture alignment," said Gun, a native of nearby San Francisco. "I decided to pursue a career in chiropractic, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the human body."
Once Gun decided to take his post-tech career journey to another level, he says the appeal of Palmer's West campus was more than just its close proximity to family in the Bay Area.
"I was drawn to the West campus because of its strong foundation in science, and 'evidence-based' curriculum; Palmer's renowned reputation for academic excellence; and the Sports Council program," said Gun, who enjoys lifting weights, playing sports, and practicing martial arts.
In addition to the Campus Guides, Gun also is a member of many other student organizations at Palmer's West campus, including the SPEAK Club (which provides students with opportunities to build public-speaking skills through participation in community-education/awareness events), as well as several of the technique clubs: Applied Kinesiology; Diversified; Extremities; Motion Palpation.
Kirtpaul is a Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada native, and a 2013 graduate of the Univ. of the Fraser Valley (B.Sc., kinesiology) in Abbotsford, B.C. As a youth, Kirtpaul suffered a severe injury playing hockey, which resulted in reoccurring back pain. After a few visits to a chiropractor, he was out of pain and injury free. As Kirtpaul began to consider career-path options, his interest in health care, combined with his experience as a patient, guided him toward the chiropractic profession.
"My chiropractor was the only doctor who was able to make me feel better, and eventually achieve a pain-free level of health," says Kirtpaul, a member of the hockey team at Palmer's West campus, who has already surfed at many Bay Area beaches.
Alex Silver was heading toward a career in firefighting when he realized that he was sell-suited to provide a different type of life-impacting service. A chiropractic patient from a young age, Alex now looks forward to helping his future patients reap the same health benefits he has enjoyed from life-long care.
"While training to become a firefighter, I discovered that helping people was my true passion," said Alex, a Malibu, Calif., native, who graduated from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (B.S., environmental studies). "Having personally benefited from chiropractic care since I was young, I became very interested in the chiropractic profession, and decided to pursue a new and exciting career path."
Once Alex made the decision to pursue a career in chiropractic, he chose Palmer's West campus, because, "I wanted to stay in California; Palmer teaches the perfect balance of philosophy and evidenced-based chiropractic; and student experience at the West campus provides many learning opportunities beyond the core curriculum, from guest speakers, to extracurricular clubs, and other unique programs, such as the Sports Council."
In addition to the Campus Guides and the Sports Council, Alex is a member of the Motion Palpation, Diversified, and Applied Kinesiology Clubs, as well as the West campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA), and the Rock Climbing Club.
Alex enjoys surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and mountain-biking - and, between classes, he enjoys playing table-tennis in the West campus student lounge!
Stephanie Stensaas is a native of Stoughton, Wisc., who
entered the program at Palmer’s West campus in Winter Quarter ’16. Prior to enrolling at Palmer, Stephanie earned her B.S. in
biology (cell biology and physiology emphasis, with a chemistry minor) from the
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Drawn to a career in the health care profession from a young
age, the challenge for Stephanie was deciding which path to follow. That
uncertainty gained clear focus when she gained a first-hand perspective about
the chiropractic profession, when she spent some time observing practice
activities in the offices of two Palmer Davenport alumni. “Chiropractic offered exactly the type of health care career
I was looking for,” said Stephanie, who has enjoyed exploring and experiencing
the many attractions and activities the Bay Area has to offer. “The hands-on, preventative and non-invasive approach, the
way it provides patients with life-long care, and the opportunity to form more
personal relationships with patients is what makes chiropractic so appealing.”
In addition to Campus Guides, Stephanie also is a member of
the West campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association
(SACA), the Sports Council, and the SPEAK (Student Patient Education and
Knowledge), Diversified, Motion Palpation, and Rock Climbing Clubs.
“I considered all three Palmer campuses, and felt San Jose
was the best fit for me, due to the evidence-based curriculum, the strong
sports emphasis, the opportunity to experience living outside of the Midwest –
and the way I felt like a part of the community from the moment I was greeted
for my campus tour!”
Anne Marie Vicencio
Many chiropractic students are inspired to pursue chiropractic careers following a positive experience as a patient, and regard the doctor who cared for them as their "chiropractic mentor." Anne Marie Vicencio also has a chiropractic "mentor." However, her inspirational mentorship is not the result of personal care, but from her internship in the athletic training department at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. - where Tony Kearns, D.C., a 2007 graduate of Palmer's West campus, is the director of sports medicine. "Observing Dr. Kearns, I was able to see how chiropractic treatment benefited the athletes who came in," said Anne Marie, who graduated from St. Mary's with a B.A. in "Kinesiology: Health and Human Performance." "To see the immediate results of the care was something I'd never seen before - which sparked my interest in the chiropractic profession," added the Hayward, Calif., native.
Anne Marie acknowledges the fact that her chiropractic mentor is an alumnus, along with the close proximity to her family in the East Bay, and the great weather, made Palmer's West campus quite appealing as the school to attend. However, other features factored in her decision-making process. "I like Palmer's evidence-based curriculum, and the strong Sports Council program," said Anne Marie, who enjoys rock-climbing, playing sports that keep her active - and anything and everything Disney-related!
In addition to the Campus Guides, Anne Marie participates in a variety of other student activities at Palmer's West campus, including the Diversified, Extremities, Motion Palpation, Soft Tissue technique clubs, as well as the Rock Climbing Club, and the West campus student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA).
And when Anne Marie becomes an intern in the Palmer Chiropractic Clinic, she hopes to return to St. Mary's, to associate with her chiropractic mentor, Dr. Kearns, in the special internship program that enables selected interns from Palmer's West campus to assist Dr. Kearns with the evaluation, assessment and treatment of student athletes, and to interact with members of the St. Mary's sports medicine team.
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Danielle Walsh is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, who
entered the program at Palmer’s West campus in Fall Quarter ‘15. Prior to enrolling at Palmer, Danielle earned her Bachelor
of Kinesiology & Extended Psychology Minor from the University of the Fraser
Valley in Abbottsford, B.C. Like many Palmer students, Danielle’s desire to enter the
chiropractic profession was inspired by a positive experience as a patient. “While competing in sports, I suffered a recurring injury,
and was told I wouldn’t be able to play again,” said Danielle, whose
recreational interests include yoga, hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor
activities. “I sought chiropractic care, which enabled me to play – and
motivated me to pursue a chiropractic career.” Danielle says she chose to attend Palmer’s West campus,
“due to the evidence-based curriculum; how well-prepared Palmer graduates are
for their career; and the positive environment created by the supportive staff
and friendly student body.”
In addition to Campus Guides, Danielle also is a member of
the Sports Council, and hopes to open a practice in her hometown of Vancouver.
Jessica is a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where she completed her Palmer prerequisites while studying environmental science at the University of British Columbia. Jessica's journey into the chiropractic followed sojourns along other career paths, none of which filled her with any degree of passion and purpose. Then a family friend encouraged Jessica to visit a local chiropractor. She didn't receive a hands-on adjustment, but the inspirational impact of the visit prompted an "adjustment" of Jessica's career-path direction - toward the chiropractic health field.
"I was impressed by the fact that the doctor not only helped her patients achieve relief from pain, through hands-on care, but made an equally strong commitment to educating her patients in ways to stay pain-free," says Jessica, who loves baking, and is always open to a game of ultimate or badminton.
In addition to the Campus Guides, Jessica is involved with a variety of other clubs and student organizations at Palmer's West campus, including: Campus Ministries, SPEAK (Student Patient Education and Knowledge), the Motion Palpation Club, and the Soft Tissue Club.
Scherina grew up just outside of the Twin Cities, in Burnsville, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her first Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on Microbiology and Molecular Biology, and her second Bachelor's in Pre-Clinical Health Sciences. Being the first generation born in the United States was not easy, and there was much exploring to do as far as career choice. After years of schooling, research and shadowing, Scherina came across a position as a chiropractic assistant. Having known nothing about chiropractic, the positive energy from the field and amazing results and experiences had her sold. It was an instant attraction to the profession and the desire to know everything there is to know about chiropractic that led her to Palmer College of Chiropractic. After so many years of research and shadowing, chiropractic was the only profession that made sense to her. This approach to holistic healing was a perfect fit for Scherina and the abundance of support from her family and friends has encouraged her to pursue her dream of helping others to live their full potential. Outside of school, Scherina enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring anything fitness related as well as nutrition.
Kaitlyn was born in Jackson, Michigan and attended Hillsdale College for her B.S. in Biochemistry. She grew up in a very loving home and continues to be close to her parents and two sisters. She has received Chiropractic care since she was ten years old and began to consider it for a career in high school. She shadowed two chiropractors and fell in love with the Florida campus on her first visit. Kaitlyn loves sports of all kinds and played basketball and volleyball in high school. She continues her interest in fitness and hopes to incorporate it into her chiropractic practice. Kaitlyn loves to travel and has visited 48 out of the 50 States, 4 Canadian provinces and Mexico. She loves reading, swimming, jet skiing, snow skiing, boating and bicycling. You will often find her at the beach. Kaitlyn chose Palmer College of Chiropractic because she wanted to serve others and become “the best of the best”. She is a very passionate person and she wanted an environment that would encourage such passion.
Martin Booth is a local to the Port Orange area and could not imagine living anywhere else. He is one of two biological children of Martin Sr. and Becky Booth and was fortunate to be raised in a very lively home, with his parents fostering over 150 children throughout their years of dedicated service to foster care. This upbringing taught Martin how to love, share; accept differences and the importance of community. Martin spent most of his teen years and young adult life working in Emergency Medical Services as a paramedic and firefighter, serving Volusia and Flagler Counties. Coupled with his time in service, he also led an exciting and rewarding career as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. After treating individuals with chronic disease day after day, he decided to follow his passion for prevention and wellness, leading to initiate a chiropractic career.
Being raised in an allopathic environment, Bryan never grew up knowing about chiropractic. After suffering through a terrible ski accident where he fractured two vertebrae was where chiropractic came into his life. Not knowing his condition for 3 years and then being informed by a chiropractor was inspiring. His wife convinced him to go see the chiropractor and he had an amazing experience. That was the beginning and passion was the result.
Christina Ciotti, who also goes by Christy, spent most of her childhood in Virginia Beach, Virg. She started her undergraduate career at a small rural college in Radford, Virg. After two years, she transferred to Christopher Newport University, which was closer to home, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a Minor in Business Administration. After graduation, Christina started her career in the Washington D.C. area on a grant to develop a nationwide educational curriculum to teach law enforcement about Alzheimer's disease and dementia. While working in Washington D.C., Christina was able to travel around the country as the lead project assistant for the trainers and staff and was able to speak at many different meetings and conferences. Though her career provided her with many opportunities, she still felt as if there was another purpose for her. After some personal reflection, Christina decided she wanted a career within the health care industry in which she could have the freedom to make her own decisions, serve the community, and be able to find self-fulfillment. Making a decision to pursue chiropractic began through Christina's own view on health, natural healing, and nutrition, as well as her desire to help people with a more non-invasive, hands-on approach. After some extensive research, job shadowing, and of course helpful talks with friends and family, Christina ended up choosing the chiropractic profession and Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida, in Port Orange, Fla. Christina feels that she has found her perfect fit with chiropractic and would like to help others pursue their dreams of becoming part of this life-changing profession as well.
A native of Virginia, Sean come from a small rural community and grew up as an only child by the guidance of his two wonderful parents. During his early years, his mother and father instilled the importance of health and allowing the body to express its innate healing potential without unnecessary drugs and surgery. Sean graduated from Virginia Teach and received a Bachelor's of Science and minor in Medicine and Society. Besides Chiropractic, he's also passionate about music and has the blessing of performing professionally in the local area. Sean's passionate about the Campus Guide organization because of the importance it played in his decision to pursue chiropractic and apply to Palmer through the exemplary guidance he was given by a former campus guide. He hopes to provide similar experiences to prospective students by proudly conveying the power of the ChiropracTIC adjustment.
Mickey was born in the small, rural town of Pittston, Penn. and was the older of two boys. Throughout high school and college he had always known that he wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, just not which part. After receiving a B.S. in Biology from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Penn., he was convinced that he wanted to enter into Physical Therapy. He had never even considered Chiropractic until his wife; Danielle was involved in two separate motor vehicle accidents. Following Danielle through her chiropractic treatment and seeing, first-hand, how quickly she was able to recover from her injuries made him believe in the power of chiropractic medicine and he immediately wanted to get involved. Palmer's sterling reputation and welcoming faculty/staff made it an easy choice for pursuing his chiropractic education. Always active, he enjoys being outdoors, Palmer's various intramural sports and relaxing with his dog, Fozzie.
Jessica was born in Lapeer, Mich., where she spent the first half of her childhood before moving with her family to Wyoming, which is where she now calls home. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Jessica found her passion in helping others achieve their maximum wellness potential as a personal trainer and fitness manager. Towards the end of her college career, Jessica knew she wanted to expand on her knowledge of the human body; her love of a natural and healthy lifestyle led her to the field of chiropractic. Jessica had chosen Palmer College of Chiropractic right off the bat because of its reputation within the chiropractic community. Spending the latter half of her life in the mountains, there was no doubt in her mind that she wanted to go to school in sunny Florida. Jessica is excited to continue with her education as a Doctor of Chiropractic and looks forward to helping others discover the journey of a healthy lifestyle. Outside of school, Jessica enjoys almost anything fitness related, hiking, camping, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Tony was born into a large family in Rockledge, Florida. He lived in six different states as a child until his family ended up in Melbourne, Florida. He received his Bachelor's in Exercise Science at the University of West Florida. While at UWF, Tony was the captain of the golf team. They won many conferences under his leadership. He was the President of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, and served on Student Council as the Secretary of Treasure. He has two chiropractors in his family, which sparked his interest in the career. He worked as a Chiropractic Assistant in Pensacola, Florida while completing his B.S. He applied to Palmer because of the reputation the school has in the community. The doctor he worked for inspired him to apply to Palmer’s Florida campus for the location and the early hands on experience he would get. His plan is to bring his interest in nutrition, health and supplementation into his future practice.